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Trump 'should be ashamed' says former CIA director

Mr Trump spoke to CIA officers at their headquarters in Langley Credit: AP

John Brennan, the former CIA director, has said that President Donald Trump "should be ashamed of himself" for his behavior at CIA headquarters.

Mr Trump spoke to CIA officers on Saturday while standing in front of the memorial for fallen CIA agents, using the opportunity to berate journalists over their estimates of the size of the crowd at his inauguration.

A statement released by Mr Brennan's former aide Nick Shapiro said that Mr Brennan "is deeply saddened and angered at Donald Trump's despicable display of self-aggrandizement in front of CIA's Memorial Wall of Agency heroes".

"Brennan says that Trump should be ashamed of himself," Mr Shapiro said.


President Trump to meet 'first foreign leader' next week

The White House confirmed the PM will meet Mr Trump next week Credit: AP

Donald Trump will meet his first foreign leader next week and that person appears set to be Britain's Theresa May.

The White House confirmed the prime minister's visit, but the date of her meeting with the new US president was unclear.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters: "The president will welcome his first foreign leader this Thursday when the United Kingdom's Theresa May will come to Washington on Friday."

Mr Spicer was not immediately available to clarify whether the meeting would be on Thursday or Friday, and there was no immediate comment from Downing Street of the meeting.


Petition for Trump to release tax return merits response

Donald Trump has refused to release his tax returns until an audit is complete. Credit: AP

An online petition demanding the release of President Donald Trump's full tax returns has attracted enough signatures to require a White House response.

The petition, created on Inauguration Day, was signed by more than 135,000 people by midday on Saturday.

Under rules by former President Barack Obama, a petition needs 100,000 signatures within 30 days to get a response from the government.

Trump has refused to release the tax returns until the IRS completes an audit.

It is unclear whether Trump's White House will respond.

Trump tells CIA: I am so behind you

Donald Trump at the CIA headquarters Credit: APTN

Donald Trump has told the US intelligence service: "I am so behind you."

On his first full day in office, Mr Trump said the CIA has been "restrained" in the past and not "used the real abilities" available to them.

He added that the CIA are "really special amazing people", and that "very few people could do" their job.

Speaking to 400 employees at the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, he reiterated a key campaign promise and said: "We have to get rid of Islamic State.

"Radical Islamic terrorism has to be eradicated - this is evil."

His speech follows repeated and sharp public criticism of the CIA before and after the election.

Trump challenged their conclusions that Russia attempted to influence the election to help him win.

Mexico's President to meet Trump 'in near future'

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto told President Trump he wanted an open dialogue. Credit: AP

Mexico's President and President Donald Trump have agreed to meet in the near future, a statement from Enrique Pena Nieto's office said.

Speaking on the telephone on Saturday, Pena Nieto told Trump the country wants an open dialogue with their northern neighbours, the statement said.

Both leaders expressed confidence that it would bring good results for both countries, it added.

Canadian PM offers congratulations to President Trump

Justin Trudeau spoke to President Trump about trade. Credit: AP

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to US President Donald Trump on Saturday and congratulated him on his inauguration, his office said in a statement.

The Prime Minister and the President reiterated the importance of the Canada-United States bilateral relationship, and discussed various areas of mutual interest.

The Prime Minister noted the depth of the Canada US economic relationship, with 35 states having Canada as their top export destination.

– Canadian Prime Minister's Office
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